Medical malpractice cases are complex, and there are several steps involved in the entire process. Only an experienced, knowledgeable Maryland malpractice attorney can help you navigate your case successfully. Are you a victim of medical malpractice in Maryland? Read on to learn more about the process of pursuing a malpractice lawsuit.
After you meet with an attorney, he or she will conduct an initial investigation into your claim to determine if you have a valid case. The investigation and review stage involves collecting medical records from the healthcare provider who you allege committed malpractice, and requesting medical documents from other prior and current providers.
Medical experts are required for most medical malpractice claims. The medical expert reviews your case and determines if the physician defendant violated the standard of care under the circumstances. The expert will also shed light on how the physician violated the standard and how the violation led to your injuries.
If a settlement cannot be reached initially, your attorney will file a lawsuit. The lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations, which is three years in most Maryland cases. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer about your claim, as the process of filing a lawsuit can require several months.
Discovery & Trial
During discovery, the parties involved will exchange important information to learn about the legal claims and defenses that will be presented at trial. At trial, your attorney will present your case and the defendant will attempt to defend him or herself. However, as discussed below, trial is not the only option for recovery.
In most cases, the parties will at least attempt to reach a settlement. According to Business Insurance Report, of the hundreds of lawsuits filed every year, only about half of medical malpractice cases even make it to trial. This is because over 95% of malpractice claims result in out-of-court settlements. The settlement talks may occur any time before the jury comes to a verdict at trial. Although attempting to reach a settlement is not guarantee that a settlement will occur, it can help move the case forward. The more complex a case is, the more time it requires to reach a settlement.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.